FIFA.com highlights the group of footballers and coaches, including household names such as David Beckham, Sir Alex Ferguson, Alessandro Nesta, Deco and Louis Saha, who chose 2013 as the year to retire.
Arnold Schwarzenegger on Cristiano Ronaldo’s physique, Diego Maradona on his bizarre first contact with Mario Balotelli and Carlo Ancelotti on bringing the canines to combat one of the world’s deadliest playmakers.
Deco has announced his retirement at the age of 35 on Monday, citing injury and a series of health problems as the reason to hang up his boots on a storied career with stops at Porto, Barcelona, Chelsea and Fluminese.
FIFA.com sets the stage for the 2013 Copa Libertadores: a tournament which brings together the very best in Latin American football and which promises to serve up excitement and entertainment in abundance once again.
In prolific form since arriving in Portugal during the off-season, Colombian striker Jackson Martinez is offering further proof of Porto’s ability to continually unearth new talents, including Hulk and Radamel Falcao.
Some of the biggest stars of world football - from Romario to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi - have taken part in the Club World Cup. FIFA.com takes a look back at the eight previous editions.